There is so much research that has the potential to influence our lives for the better, and there is plenty of evidence that the journey between academic publication and actual policy change can take place independent of political ideology. This is important and good news in our polarized nation today.
A $100 Million Investment to Unlock the Mysteries of the Brain
Virtually every one of us has had a family member or friend who has been affected by Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, depression or a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The costs of these—and hundreds of other conditions affecting the brain—are enormous in terms human suffering and economics. What makes these conditions even more challenging is that, until recently, treatment has been little more than a guessing game. We fundamentally have not understood the brain, why things go wrong, or what to do to prevent and treat these disorders.
Nurses on the Frontlines of Care and Innovation
If you’ve ever been a patient in a hospital or visited someone who was, you probably remember the nurse. Why? Because that nurse was there at the bedside day in and day out, making sure you or your loved one was comfortable and being taken care of.
Dam These Mosquitoes!
In a new research paper published in the Malaria Journal, researchers from the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems found that over one million people in sub-Saharan Africa will contract malaria this year because they live near a large dam. This study quantified the correlation between the location of large dams and the incidence of malaria, and to quantify the impacts across the region.
Social Media: It Doesn’t Have to Hurt
Chambers orchestrated a major event on Monday, Sept. 21st, in Halifax, Nova Scotia that was webcast worldwide to launch this year-long experiment and to encourage a discussion about social media, science and health. Go to the Storify to see the conversation that unfolded on Twitter. I was lucky enough to be there to moderate this discussion with those in the room and from around the world online—from Australia, South Africa, Qatar and Ireland, to name a few.
Can You Vaccinate a Mosquito to Stop Malaria from Spreading?
Though we've made extraordinary progress over the past decade in reducing malaria deaths, the malaria parasite is rapidly becoming resistant to some of our best tools – drugs and insecticide sprays. Another tool to break the cycle of transmission could help tip the balance against malaria.
Brazil’s Women Warriors Face New Challenge in Battle for Babassu Palm
Thirty years ago, the enemy was much easier to recognize and much easier to fight, says Dona Beliza Costa Souza, member of a union representing 350,000 rural women in northern and northeastern Brazil, who battle to protect the ubiquitous babassu palm trees that grow wild throughout the region.
What’s Dental Therapy? A Profession!
It’s official: Dental therapy is a now a recognized profession, with national standards that create a path for training programs at colleges across the country. That’s according to the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), the independent accrediting body for dentistry education programs in the United States.
School Meals Are Healthier―and Kids’ Reactions Might Surprise You
This fall will mark the start of the fourth school year in which schools are using updated nutrition standards for school meals. Because the standards have been in place for a few years now, we’re starting to get research results about its progress. The verdict? Lots of good news.
Your Cat Has Easier Access to Medical Records than You
Putting the patient at the center of his or her own care is becoming a reality as our health care delivery goes through major transitions. This is good news, but cats and dogs have had it this good long before us humans. Why is this?